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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, video game release dates have become less and less certain. While developers have had time to adjust, working from home still has its challenges, and sometimes release dates are just too ambitious for a development team to meet. We experienced many delays in 2020 and 2021, and if January is any indication, frequent delays are a trend that will continue into 2022.
With so many games delayed, it can be hard to know what’s been pushed back and when to expect it now. This roundup will keep track of all the major video game delays that have happened so far in 2022.
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale (March 29)
King Arthur: A Knight’s Tale is a dark fantasy tactical RPG based on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It’s currently in Early Access on Steam and was supposed to be released there on February 15th. Developer NeocoreGames chose to push the full release to March 29, 2022, in January 2022, as the “additional weeks of development and polish will help deliver the strongest possible version of King Arthur: A Knight’s Tale for his fans. The game will also be coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X in the future.
Evil Dead: The Game (May 13)
A multiplayer game based on the Evil Dead franchise is in the works at Saber Interactive and was slated for release in February. Before it could be released, however, Saber decided to push the game back to May 13, 2022. “This delay gives our team the time they need to get it right, so your perch will be polished, fully charged and ready to explode. Deadites this Friday, May 13,” the developers say in a tweet about the delay.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human – Cloud Version (Summer 2022)
While Techland Dying Light 2 is still on track for a February 4 release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X after several delays, the cloud version for Nintendo Switch is not so lucky. In January, this port was pushed back “to give fans the level gaming experience they deserve and Techland wants to deliver.” Techland aims to release this port within six months of the original date, so it should arrive before August 4, 2022.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl (December 8)
The first noticeable delay of 2022 was a long one. The highly anticipated post-apocalyptic shooter STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl got an April 28, 2022 release date at E3 2021, but was pushed back until December 8. “These seven additional months of development are necessary to realize our vision and achieve the desired state of the game,” said developer GSC Game World. declared in a tweet about the delay. The news came shortly after the studio announced it would be adding NFTs to the title and then canceled the plans 24 hours later due to backlash.
Life is Strange: Collection Remastered for Nintendo Switch (2022)
Here’s another Nintendo Switch port that also won’t reach its originally desired release date. While Life is Strange: Remastered Collection will arrive on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Google Stadia on February 1, the Nintendo Switch version was delayed less than two weeks before its scheduled release. Square Enix says wait for the Switch version of Life is Strange: Remastered Collection some time “later this year”.
The bizarre battle royale focused on melee combat Rumbleverse from Iron Galaxy Studios and Epic Games has been delayed indefinitely. It was supposed to be released on February 15, 2022, but the team decided to push the release back after a First Look session in December. “We’re excited about the game we’re making – and we’re glad you are too – but we want to do more to perfect the experience,” the developers said in a blog post. “We’re going to take the time to make sure we can get it right.”
As the year progresses, more delays are inevitable, and we’ll update this post as they’re announced.